Subiaco v ECU Joondalup – DT38 Foundation Awareness Round

Subiaco v ECU Joondalup – DT38 Foundation Awareness Round

Posted on June 24, 2016 in 'News'

It’s Week 14 of the PS4NPLWA, and the inaugural DT38 Foundation Awareness Round. All NPLWA clubs will be encouraged to promote awareness of testicular cancerIt will also mark the start of a competition between clubs to raise funds for the DT38 Foundation in memory of outstanding young footballer Dylan Tombides.

The most successful club will receive the DT38 Awareness Award at the WA Football Awards to be held at Crown Perth on October 15.

ECU Joondalup will be looking to make it four straight wins when they travel to Rosalie Park to take on Subiaco on Saturday. ECU Coach Dale McCulloch said they are expecting another tight game, as they (Subiaco) have improved since their first meeting, when the Jacks won 5-2.

“Saturday is going to be a tight affair, they play well on their home pitch and pushed Perth SC all the way last weekend,” he said.

“They will be looking to pick up points in their relegation fight, so we need to be switched on early, but there is a great comradery within the player group at the moment, and we need to go there and work for 90 minutes and if we do we will come home with the points.

“We’ve worked extremely hard at training this week and the players are ready for whatever they throw at us.”

ECU will be missing winger Jayden Drummond for up to eight weeks after breaking his leg against Sorrento two weeks ago, and McCulloch said its bad luck for the lad. “Jayden has fitted in really well at the club and is a great team player, so to hear the news of his fractured leg was a massive blow for us and Jayden,” he said.

“He was man of the match in the Sorrento game and put a good shift in at Armadale too, quite remarkable with him having such an injury, but we wish him all the best in his recovery, and it gives someone else the opportunity to step up in his absence.”

The Jacks will also be missing Jon Higgins and Steven McGarry, who is in the UK after his father passed away – everyone at ECU Joondalup SC would like to send their condolences to Steven and his family.

Versatile squad member Shane Pickering was outstanding in the middle of the park last week, this after performing well at the heart of the defence in recent games, and he said it was a tough pitch at Armadale and it wasn’t their best display, but they came home with the points. “Last week wasn’t our strongest performance, however we worked tirelessly for the 90 minutes and got our just reward,” he said.

“We are performing for the full whole game now, which we were struggling to produce earlier in the season, and our results show the form we are in.

“Three wins in three game and with three clean sheets to go with it, and we are climbing the table and have our sights set on the top 4, and the way we are going, teams will start looking over their shoulder at us.

Pickering said they are playing with confidence at the moment but must keep focused against a side struggling at the wrong end of the table. “We’re going in to Saturday’s game with a good run of form, full of confidence, with a strong team bond being built,” he said.

“The players have really started to gel and new recruits have bolstered the side. It’s fantastic to be a part of this winning side week in week out, and I know for a fine fact we have so much more to offer on the park.

“Our road to climbing the table continues this week, with a tough test against Subiaco who are a decent side, however we have the squad to do the job. Hopefully I can do my part for the team this week and help us get another good result away from home.”

The under 18’s kick off at 11am, 20’s at 1pm and the first team at 3pm